Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Awareness Resources
For a list of UMC agencies and churches with Deaf/HOH accommodations, check here.
Deaf Awareness Events
- May: Better Speech and Hearing Month
- September: Deaf Awareness Week
- October: Audiology Awareness Month
- Deaf Awareness Sunday guide (January 2018)
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- Association of Late-Deafened Adults
- Deaf Seniors of America
- Hearing Loss Association of America
- National Association of the Deaf
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, NIH
- National Deaf Center
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
- World Federation of the Deaf
- Deaf Linx provides insights on various perspectives of the Deaf community.
- Deafdigest offers a weekly newsletter that shares what is happening among Deaf people, whether it's places that do accommodations right, new products, captioned and signed videos, job announcements, and even comics. You can read online, receive a weekly e-mailed newsletter or you can subscribe to an RSS feed.
- We Connect Now: uniting college students with disabilities in access to higher education and employment issues.
- Boy Scouts of America ® Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
- "7 Misconceptions About People with Hearing Loss" by Janice Lintz, a useful etiquette checklist
- Deaf, Deafhood, Deafness: a captioned and signed video that explains the meaning and difference.
- “Can You Read My Lips?”: captioned video from Little Moving Pictures on Vimeo that shows what it's like being Deaf.
- "The Quiet Life: How different the world is without hearing": an interesting nuance of the Deaf and deaf worlds from Gizmodo.
- A Road Map for those new to Hearing Loss
- I'm Hard of Hearing... Now What?
- Deaf history resources at Library of Congress.
- "A Brief History of of Deafness" Time, a reprint of "No longer deaf to the past" at History Today.
- "Playing It By Ear: My Father's Education", an article from Forbes that includes TTY history.
- A review of Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture
4: ADA Resources
- Employees with Hearing Disability: Know Your Rights from Hearing Health and Technology Matters
- "Requesting Interpreter" video from Great Lakes ADA center (ASL and caption).
5: Health and Safety
- Emergency Preparedness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Katherine Bouton
- Preparedness for People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ASL and captions), Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Emergency Preparedness from National Association of the Deaf.
- Emergency Preparedness Videos in ASL from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (principles are applicable to all states).
- Emergency Preparedness Kit for Deaf (ASL)
- Home Escape Planning and Fire Safety, National Fire Protection Association (ASL, caption, voice)
- PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness (where you can text to 911)
- How to text to 911 (NENA)
- Weather and All Hazards Radio for Deaf and Hard of Hearing from National Weather Service.
- The Deaf Network of Texas has published a list of "Helpful Emergency Preparedness Apps for Smart Devices" that includes hurricane trackers, traffic and weather alerts, weather radio, The Weather Channel, FEMA assistance and preparedness information, and shelter information.
- Deaf Health: ASL videos explaining illnesses, tests, and a directory of Deaf-friendly doctors.
- Interacting with Police
6: About ASL
- What is Sign Language? from Disabled World.
- A few things to know about ASL (NPR)
- The story of ASL
- "The enchanting music of sign language," a TED talk by Christine Sun Kim.
- The history of sign language and how it started a movement: a review of R. Edwards, Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture.
- Life Print “American Sign Language University”
- ASL Core, signs for academic use.
- Online Sign Language Dictionary (list)
- Signing Savvy, “your sign language resource” allows the user to type in a word or phrase and watch it in ASL. It shows some variations, and could be a good site for reference purposes. Because signs may vary from region to region, these are only examples of possible signs, and users may wish to look into local resources for learning sign language as well.
- Family Health Reference to ASL, how ASL works, phrases for first responders, and interpreting information.
- Sign Language Book Creator